The BAC Commencement 2021 With Pritzker Prize Laureate Balkrishna Doshi as the Keynote Speaker

Legendary architect, urban planner, educator, and the 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Balkrishna Doshi has been chosen to receive an honorary doctorate from The Boston Architectural College, and deliver the commencement speech on Friday, May 28.
Professor Doshi was the first and only Indian architect to receive the Pritzker Prize. His illustrious work has made outstanding contributions to the world culture, transformed communities, and inspired generations of designers, including me.
I invite you to join us in celebrating our graduating classes, awarding Professor Doshi, and participating in the virtual festivities.

Dialog with Thom Mayne

I am thrilled to share with you “The Vastness of Interconnectedness,” the keynote talk by Thom Mayne and my dialog with him as part of our inaugural BAC Talks event on June 10, 2020. The event, attended by 688 people from 16 countries, addressed the topic “Design for Post-Pandemic Environments.” I hope you will enjoy and be inspired, as much as I did, the new insights and new projects he presented.

Why the design industry lacks diversity and how it will change


Conversation with Senator Elizabeth Warren

It was a special experience to speak with Senator Elizabeth Warren last Friday.
She joined a group of Massachusetts presidents and held wide-ranging discussions about the state of higher education during these challenging times: The next federal relief funding for higher education, access to and affordability of testing, and special issues impacting international students to name a few.
I particularly stressed the multi-dimensional challenges faced by smaller colleges dedicated to the mission of educating diverse students.
Thank you, Senator Warren, for the extraordinary work you do! #bacbuzz@thebacboston 


The Boston Architectural College was pleased to present the 28th lecture in the Cascieri Lectureship in the Humanities series featuring Dr. Mahesh Daas on April 2, 2020. Dr. Mahesh Daas, President of the Boston Architectural College hosted the Cascieri Lecture in its first-ever webinar format! 

The lecture looked at a central question for years to come: How humans and robots could live together? A question that architects and designers need to proactively ponder in order to design buildings, neighborhoods and cities for decades to come. Based on his recent book Towards A Robotic Architecture, President Mahesh Daas will examine robotics and its architectural implications from phenomenological perspective.

Boston Magazine Article

“Boston Architectural College’s Mahesh Daas Is on a Mission to Reshape Design Education. In his new role as president, Daas seeks to help foster increased empathy, diversity, and creativity.”

Article by Rachel Kashdan. Portrait by Cody O’Loughlin

Design Museum Mornings Lecture

The robots and artificial intelligence are coming. They are rolling into all walks of life and all corners of the world. How will we live together, as humans and robots, and how will we ensure that we build a better world? How are robotics and AI impacting architecture and design?

Dr. Mahesh Daas, President of the Boston Architectural College, presents findings related to his recent book, Towards a Robotic Architecture. The field of robotics is coming of age. Robotics and artificial intelligence represent the next cutting edge technology to transform the fields of architecture and design. The past decade’s surge towards more computationally defined building systems and highly adaptable open-source design software has left the field ripe for the integration of robotics whether through large-scale building fabrication or through more intelligent/adaptive building systems. Through this surge, architecture has not only been greatly influenced by these emerging technologies, but has also begun influencing other disciplines in unexpected ways.

Named Eighth President of Boston Architectural College

BOSTON, June 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Boston Architectural College’s Board of Trustees has named Mahesh Daas, M. Arch, Ed.D., as the College’s eighth president, effective July 12, 2019. He will succeed Glen LeRoy, FAIA, FAICP, who announced he would be retiring at the end of this academic year.

Mahesh Daas is a designer, a technologist with expertise in robotics, and an experienced academic leader who chronicled the presidential leadership of former MIT president Charles M. Vest. His career spans 23 years at four universities including 14 years in higher education leadership roles. Most recently, he served as dean of the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

In 2011, Daas was elevated as an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor, the highest national recognition for an architectural educator. He was recognized for contributions to design computing with the 2013 Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) Society Award of Excellence. ACADIA elected him twice as its president and he served on the editorial board of the International Journal of Architectural Computing and currently serves on the editorial board of Construction Robotics Journal.  

“Mahesh is a visionary leader who has a proven track record of success,” said Richard Martini, B. Arch. ’84, BAC Board of Trustees Chair. “His experience and entrepreneurial vision uniquely align with the College’s needs today and our vision for the future. We are very excited to welcome him to the BAC community, where he will guide the College into the 21st century,” he said.

“I am honored to be chosen as the next BAC president, and to further propel our proven practice-based education of the designers, developers, and builders of the world’s built environment,” President-elect Daas said. “My life and educational experiences as a first-generation student and first-generation immigrant resonate with the experiences of many of the BAC’s students. Through our collective teamwork, I am confident we will continue the strong vision of building upon the strengths of this venerable institution. My goal is to continue the path of promoting creativity, diversity, and inclusiveness within all of the design professions. The BAC is, and has always been, a beacon for innovation―for all of our students, our alumni, our faculty and staff, and all of the communities we positively impact,” he said.

Daas earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India; a master’s degree in urban design from Kansas State University; and an executive doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. Daas is also the author of Leading with Aesthetics: The Transformational Leadership of President Charles M. Vest at M.I.T. (Lexington Books, 2015 & 2019) and Towards a Robotic Architecture (Oro Editions 2018).

The 12-person BAC Presidential Search Committee included representatives from the faculty, student body, Alumni Council, and Board of Trustees, and was led by Judith Nitsch, Board of Trustees vice chair and founding principal of Nitsch Engineering.

According to Nitsch, “From the very beginning, a crucial component of the process has been engaging with the BAC community to hear what was wanted and needed in a leader. This input required us to focus on attracting a deep, diverse, and talented pool of candidates.” She continued, “Mahesh’s nomination as the next president received a unanimous vote of the Search Committee and unanimous approval from the Board of Trustees―we believe he is the leader who will advocate fervently for the BAC and its broader community.”

Over the next several months, the BAC will hold numerous events for members of the BAC and greater Bostoncommunities to welcome and engage with President-elect Daas.

Founded more than 129 years ago, the BAC offers bachelors and master’s degrees in architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, and design studies, which includes sustainable design, historic preservation, real estate development, and design for human health. Throughout its history, the College has upheld the importance of open admission, diversity, dedicated faculty, and the intrinsic value of both academic and experiential education.

SOURCE Boston Architectural College (BAC)